Wabi Sabi is a Japanese philosophy with its origin in Zen-Buddhism. Wabi Sabi is almost impossible to translate and is a combination of two terms: Wabi represents simplicity, peace, acceptance of what is and being in touch with nature. Sabi is about the beauty that comes with the ageing process. The Wabi Sabi philosophy is often described as the acceptance and appreciation of imperfection and impermanence and can be an inspiration for the way you approach your interior.
A Wabi Sabi interior
To apply Wabi Sabi to your interior it is first and foremost important to value what you already have. Do you have things in your house that you can fix instead of buying a replacement? Wabi Sabi can also be applied in the way you look at the things in your home: the pillows on your couch may not be as firm as you’d like, but this is only because you have spent a lot of time on your couch relaxing. Similarly, scratches and stains on your kitchen table are representative of all the meals you have shared with your loved ones. These imperfections in your house show you that you are living your life in your home and this can really make you see beauty in every imperfection.
The Wabi Sabi style is rustic and natural. If you want to apply Wabi Sabi style in your home, you can choose neutral colors like white, ecru and beige and opt for natural materials such as a wooden table or linen curtains. The Wabi Sabi philosophy requires a certain awareness of how the things you own are produced. Linen is produced sustainably and fits the Wabi Sabi philosophy perfectly.
Wabi Sabi is about embracing imperfections. Natural materials are often imperfect. Just think about the knots and grains in a wooden table, or tiny chips in your earthenware. According to Wabi Sabi these imperfections tell the story of the object. Some people say linen is not for them because it creases. We see this as one of linen’s qualities, because it shows you the fabric is alive.
Wabi Sabi and linen
Linen and Wabi Sabi go hand in hand. The fabric is produced sustainably and gives the rustic and natural feel that Wabi Sabi is all about. The fact that linen creases gives your home that perfect Wabi Sabi feeling: it creases, it breathes and it lives.